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Quick response douses major inferno

Torika Tokalau
Friday, December 13, 2013

QUICK action from the National Fire Authority prevented a major fire disaster at the industrial area at Walu Bay yesterday.

NFA CEO John O'Connor said they received a call alerting them about the fire at the CDP warehouse and upon arrival at the site, the crew saw that the CDP Courier Warehouse was fully engulfed in flames.

"The fire teams used deliveries of water from its fire trucks and also used water from nearby fire hydrants to extinguish the fire," Mr O'Connor said.

"This stopped the fire from spreading to vehicles which were parked in the yard and also to nearby commercial properties which included SEAMECH FIJI Limited."

Mr O'Connor said three fire trucks — two from the Suva fire station and one from the Valelevu fire station — successfully contained the fire.

"Our main priority was to contain the fire within the CDP Courier Warehouse.

"The fire had spread quickly within the building because of the heavy fire load such as tyres, flammable liquids, foodstuff, mats and other combustibles that were stored in the yard.

"The fire incident could have developed into a major fire disaster if the fire had spread to the gallons of thinner which were in the yard."

An NFA investigation is in progress to determine the cause of the fire incident.

"With the recent cases of business fire incidents, business owners must recognise fire as one of their top business or organisation risks and take action to minimise the risk of a fire occurring in their properties.

"We are urging business owners to be more vigilant during this busy festive season since there will be a lot of activities."